Singing policeman to kick off concert series

Published 8:28 am Wednesday, September 23, 2009

COURTLAND—The first concert of the season sponsored by the Franklin-Southampton Concert Association brings to center stage at Southampton High School the tenor who “lifted the spirit of America” in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedies.

Daniel Rodriguez, a former New York police officer, was immortalized at that time when, as one of his department’s anthem singers, he sang “God Bless America” and the National Anthem to his fellow New Yorkers. Rodriguez’s performance stirred the hearts of the nation.

Dubbed the “singing policeman,” his performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, “will uplift the hearts and minds of his audience with his incredible voice and showmanship,” said association President Nancy Rowe.

She added that Rodriguez, now retired from the police force, has performed at venues ranging from the 2002 Winter Olympics, to Disneyland and the White House. He has sung for President George W. Bush on numerous occasions and regularly turns up on such television shows as “Oprah,” “Larry King Live” and the “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

“I think we’ve got a good show lined up,” said Rowe. “Daniel Rodriguez gets rave reviews wherever he goes.”

Rowe urged members to order their season tickets, which includes six concerts, for $40 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets at the door sell for $25 for adults and $10 for students. For more information, call Rowe at 653-2498 or Beth Ellington at 562-2881.